Wind Power Facts

Project Facts

  • By early 2015, the U.S. had installed 66 gigawatts of wind – enough to power 18 million homes
  • Wind power makes up 4% of the nation’s electricity mix
  • The U.S. wind energy industry employs more than 50,000 people 
  • The U.S. generates more wind energy than any other country except China
  • Wind has accounted for 33 percent of all newly-installed U.S. electricity generation capacity over the last seven years 
*Source: U.S. Dept. of Energy 
  • Location: Ridge line of Brodie Mountain in Hancock, MA at an elevation of 2,500 feet
  • Number of Turbines: 10
  • Type of Turbines: GE 1.5 MW Turbines
  • Turbine Height: 262 feet to the turbine hub and 390 feet to the tip of the blade
  • Capacity: Total of 15 MW, enough to serve roughly 6,000 homes annually
  • Capacity Factor: Turbines in operation roughly 40% of the time due to required wind speed
  • Estimated Capital Investment in the Berkshires for the Project: $64.7 million
  • Compehensive Fact Sheet